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Green Business

Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you have to stop liv­ing green. There are plenty of ways to con­serve resources around the office. Sev­eral links are pro­vided below to help your com­pany on its way to becom­ing more envi­ron­men­tally friendly.

bike commuter

Con­sider green­ing up your com­mute by walk­ing, bik­ing, or carpooling.

MD Green Registry

The Mary­land Green Reg­istry is a free way to pro­mote your busi­ness or orga­ni­za­tion, save money and demon­strate your envi­ron­men­tal com­mit­ment. Col­lec­tively, mem­bers have saved over $79 mil­lion annu­ally through sus­tain­able prac­tices. See the fol­low­ing link for infor­ma­tion on how to apply and what ben­e­fits are offered through the MD Green Reg­istry.

The Con­scious Ven­ture Lab

The Con­scious Ven­ture Lab (CVLab) – This busi­ness accel­er­a­tor pro­gram fos­ters com­pa­nies and lead­ers who embrace the power of cap­i­tal­ism as a force for good in soci­ety. They help build com­pa­nies that con­sider their impacts on all areas of soci­ety, from the resources they use to the qual­ity of the end prod­ucts sold to their users.

The CVLab runs an immer­sion pro­gram aimed at help­ing con­scious entre­pre­neurs to build their busi­nesses. The pro­gram invests in pur­pose dri­ven start-ups in exchange for 5%-10% equity and the oppor­tu­nity to become a part of a new com­mu­nity of sus­tain­able busi­nesses, thinkers, men­tors and investors. Some of the com­pa­nies cre­ated through the immer­sion pro­gram have made con­sid­er­a­tion of envi­ron­men­tal impacts the cen­ter of their busi­ness model.

Build a Green Busi­ness Action Plan

The Small Busi­ness Asso­ci­a­tion has some straight­for­ward ideas for mak­ing any busi­ness greener on the SBA web­site. Here is another link for a local company’s check­list on how to make a Green Busi­ness Action Plan.

green roof

Green roofs are ini­tially expen­sive, but save money over time. They can also ben­e­fit the work­place by improv­ing employee productivity.

Green Tip

Use cloth napkins.It’s actually cheaper to throw cloth napkins in the wash than to buy paper ones.